I have been receiving lately many emails and messages with question, what program do I use to create my online magazine?
Well, I started with Indesign, as everyone mentioned, that it was the only professional program to design a magazine. So I purchased it (monthly subscription) and I also bought a magazine layout. I did not have a clue how to actually use it, and it turned out that this program was way more complicated, I primarily thought. I spent hours to look for YouTube tutorials but in the end, I simply got lost in details.
One day, a friend of mine introduced me to Canva – a free, online, graphic-design tool, which uses a drag-and-drop format and provides access to over a million photographs, graphics, and fonts. It was like a bull’s eye! This tool literally saved my life. I started to spend hours to create designs, which later I was uploading to my blog posts. I think, I have never worked with more user – friendly program. Apart blogs posts, I have been creating in Canva many graphics which I shared on my social media, like Facebook and Instagram. After weeks of testing this tool, I decided to create there, my first online magazine and luckily, Canva offered free magazine layouts as well. I could not really believe I had so many options. Great fonts, many free illustrations, which I could easily drag-and-drop plus amazing palette of colors to pick.
Another great thing about this tool was a big variety of designs, which you could select. If my magazine was more about underground parts of Budapest, I was able to choose a bit ‘darker’ layouts or colors. When I focused more on fashion, I was trying to select designs which match this topic, along with colors or illustrations.
My magazine has always 60 pages, and for that I need to create two, separate designs (Canva allows you to have 30 pages in one design), which are later converted to pdf. Once all is ready, a friend of mine is simply uploading it to my website. The quality is so good, that in the past I printed this magazine and distributed to various coffee shops in Budapest downtown. You would never believe, that any magazine could be produce in such a simple way.
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What type of online tools, do you use or can recommend to create great designs?
Do share your experiences.